Rumors of a the Count of Monte Cristo reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Saturday (December 16) as reports claimed that TF1 confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2018.
UPDATE 17/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why in the world did the Count of Monte Cristo end?
When the Count of Monte Cristo came to an end, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Edmond Dantès (Gérard Depardieu), Fernand Mondego (Jean Rochefort), Mercédès (Ornella Muti) and Gérard de Villefort (Pierre Arditi). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
The Count of Monte Cristo without Fernand Mondego?
After the tragic passing of Jean Rochefort in 2017 how are the writers going to handle the absence of Fernand Mondego. It seems pretty hard to imagine. “The right thing to do for the show, at least at this point, is to have that character pass,” a source close to the production says.
Would a Count of Monte Cristo reunion disappoint people?
The Count of Monte Cristo is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But Depardieu said he's not sure if the Count of Monte Cristo would work today. “I don't want to see old Edmond Dantès,” he told a journalist (Depardieu turned 68 in December). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” he added.
Still hoping for a Count of Monte Cristo movie?
In a recent interview, Ornella Muti said she can't imagine a Count of Monte Cristo reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star Stanislas Merhar (who played Albert de Morcerf) has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a Count of Monte Cristo movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a Count of Monte Cristo film, Gérard Depardieu stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a Count of Monte Cristo reboot?
Recasting the Count of Monte Cristo for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a Count of Monte Cristo reunion, a Count of Monte Cristo movie, or a Count of Monte Cristo reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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